For members of the Pacific Coast Guard, it’s business as usual without the pay

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A Coast Guard C-130 flies over the 650-foot Sincerity Ace on fire 1,800 nautical miles northwest of Oahu in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 31, 2018, and drops supplies to the bulk carrier Genco Augustus also responding to the emergency.  U.S. COAST GUARD PHOTO
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A Coast Guard C-130 flies over the 650-foot Sincerity Ace on fire 1,800 nautical miles northwest of Oahu in the Pacific Ocean, Dec. 31, 2018, and drops supplies to the bulk carrier Genco Augustus also responding to the emergency. U.S. COAST GUARD PHOTO

For members of the Pacific Coast Guard, it’s business as usual without the pay

by: Wyatt Olson | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: January 10, 2019

FORT SHAFTER, Hawaii — The Coast Guard’s 14th District area of responsibility is a vast 12.2 million square miles in the Pacific Ocean.

It takes in most of the South Pacific, with crews and vessels for sea and air stationed in Guam and Hawaii. Other personnel are stationed in detachments in Japan, Singapore and American Samoa.

As of the beginning of the year, however, the district’s 835 active-duty members — “blue-suiters,” as the service calls them — and some essential civilian employees have been carrying out those missions without pay due to the partial government shutdown.

In an average year, the 14th District handles 800 to 900 cases of search-and-rescue, marine environmental protection, marine safety and coastal law enforcement. They often work closely with the U.S. Navy and America’s allies and partner nations in Asia.

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